HAMPTON, Va. -- Virginians unemployed because of Hurricane Floyd in September are reminded to apply for disaster unemployment assistance before deadlines approach, according to state and federal emergency officials. Deadlines for application will vary based upon when Virginia jurisdictions were declared eligible for disaster assistance.
The federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance program is designed to provide emergency financial assistance to agricultural and hourly-paid workers, salaried employees, self-employed and other workers not included in the regular unemployment program. Benefits may be available for up to 26 weeks following the date of the disaster declaration for those who suffered a loss of income because of the hurricane.
Disaster Unemployment Assistance applications for Virginia's disaster-declared jurisdictions are:
- Oct. 22, 1999, for:
The cities of Chesapeake, Colonial Heights, Emporia, Franklin, Hampton, Newport News, Petersburg, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach, and the counties of Accomack, Chesterfield, Greenville, Isle of Wright, James City, King and Queen, Lancaster, Middlesex, Northumberland, Prince George, Southampton, Surry, Sussex, and York.
- Nov. 1, 1999, for:
The cities of Richmond, Suffolk, and Williamsburg, and the counties of Dinwiddie, Gloucester, Halifax and Mathews.
Claims for disaster unemployment assistance may be filed at any Virginia Employment Commission office. Applicants should bring documentation about earnings and employment prior to the disaster.
Although administered by the state, disaster unemployment benefits are funded entirely by the federal government and not taken from employer payroll taxes used to finance the regular unemployment insurance program.
For more information about the Disaster Unemployment Assistance Program, contact the local Virginia Employment Commission office.